des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Definition of destination

1 : the purpose for which something is predetermined or destined
2 : an act of appointing, setting aside for a purpose, or predetermining
3 : a place to which one is journeying or to which something is sent when the package has reached its destination kept their destination secret
4 : a place worthy of travel or an extended visit a popular tourist destination often used attributively a destination restauranta destination resort

Examples of destination in a Sentence

After stopping for lunch, we continued on toward our destination. The package reached its destination two days later. He enjoys traveling to remote and exotic destinations. We traveled through three states before reaching our final destination.
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Each collection is represented by primary images representing the collection: pictures of a vacation destination, for example, or conference photos. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Here's how Microsoft Collections, Edge's new research tool, will work," 7 May 2019 As recently as yesterday, Wow offered alluringly cheap airfare from all over the eastern U.S. to destinations like Copenhagen, Barcelona, Dublin and of course, Reykjavik. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Discount Airline 'Wow' Shuts Down Out of Nowhere, Stranding Thousands of Passengers," 28 Mar. 2019 Cortina Kicks Into High Gear The Tofana area of this Dolomites destination will host the World Ski Championships in 2021 and improvements are already underway, with pistes and snowmaking capabilities expanding and infrastructure improving. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Biggest Ski News in Europe This Season," 6 Dec. 2018 There are plans to renovate the plaza, adding green space and playgrounds and creating more of a destination on a bustling strip of the waterfront. New York Times, "Jersey City Makes a Statement With Fireworks Over the Hudson," 3 July 2018 By car or by train, and regardless of the destination, the scenery is a parade of monotony. Jim Webster,, "In Havre de Grace, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, a rich maritime history - and ducks, lots of ducks," 27 June 2018 To get all on the same page requires a careful choice of destination and meeting of the minds on activities. Tom Stienstra,, "Outdoor family vacations can bind or break," 24 June 2018 The standoff came on a particularly busy day on Atlanta highways as people were traveling through the city on their way to spring break destinations. Jeff Martin, The Seattle Times, "Police standoff on an Atlanta-area freeway halts traffic," 29 Mar. 2019 But this latest project is more than a skyline-transforming, 145-room hotel (The Stratford, opening in May) and apartment block with a destination restaurant, three sky gardens, sleek interiors by Space Copenhagen... Gavanndra Hodge, WSJ, "Manhattan Loft Gardens Aims to Transform East London," 1 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of destination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for destination

see destine

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English Language Learners Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is being sent


des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Kids Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is sent

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one that collects or salvages junk

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